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Appointment times (2) Thu, Apr 22, 2010
I went to a doctor yesterday.  My appointment was at 9:30am.  I was on time.  I saw the doctor at 10:40am.  He was not on time.  I personally didn't have too much of a problem with this situation because I had a good book with me.  But honestly, what's the point of setting up an appointment if all parties involved are beyond a shadow of a doubt sure that the appointment will not under any circumstances be kept?  It's an exercise in delusion. 

What ends up happening is essentially a modified first-come-first-served system for patients with an appointment.  If you show up on time, it doesn't mean you'll be seen on time.  You have to wait in line behind the people with appointments earlier than yours, which essentially negates the purpose of an appointment.  I suppose the alternative -- the absence of appointment times -- wouldn't be all that attractive either:  A veritable free-for-all, with long wait times and the possibility of not even getting to see a doctor. 

Perhaps we could adopt a more rigid system involving financial incentives:  One minute accounts for 1% of money exchanged.  So if the patient is ten minutes late, that's 10% more income for the doctor.  If the doctor is an hour and ten minutes late (as in my case), that saves me 70% of the cost of the visit.  Economics solves healthcare. #health

Rus Fri, Apr 23, 2010
I like your idea, David.  I have seriously considered creating my own Invoicing system and creating an invoice for things such as this. 

Perhaps we could consider creating some sort of phone tree for our phones too.  Click 1 if you count yourself a friend of the person you're calling.  Click 2 if you are wanting to sell something to the person you're calling.  After clicking 2, alert caller that in choosing to stay on the line, you are accepting responsibility to pay the "call recipient" for the time he will be spending in negotiations for your given product.  "Consulting Fees" begin with a $3 answering charge for the first 3 minutes and $1 for each additional minute.  If they agree to these terms, they state their company name and billing address after the tone.  Otherwise, they are asked to hang up and have a nice day. 

There.  Economics and phone menus have solved the telemarketing issue.

Dave Fri, Apr 23, 2010
If I was a telemarketer, I think I'd hang up as soon as I reached your phone tree, regardless of how much you'd try to charge me.  Phone trees are universally annoying, so good ... call.

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